Presenter Information

Ben Iboshi, Grant High SchoolFollow

Start Date

19-5-2021 2:45 PM

End Date

19-5-2021 4:00 PM

Disciplines

History

Subjects

Bathing customs -- History, Water-use -- Social aspects, Hygiene -- Social aspects -- History

Abstract

This essay discusses how bathing practices worldwide have evolved throughout history through cultural interaction. While there is much literature on how bathing practices in specific regions have changed over time, few take a global perspective and track where bathing rituals originate and how they spread. Using bathing as a unit of analysis can reveal interactions and influences between cultures. The essay is divided into three periods in which bathing practices are analyzed: ancient, medieval, and modern. In the ancient period, the spread of Hindu and Buddhist bathing practices is discussed, as well as how Greek bathing practices went on to influence Roman bathing in Europe. The Medieval section discusses private vs public bathing in Europe and North Africa, how the spread of Buddhism to Japan affected bathing rituals, and the rise of Islamic bathing rituals, influenced by earlier Roman practices. The modern section discusses how Spanish Conquistadors impacted Central American bathing habits, the application of public bathing in modern Britain, as well as developments in health science and education.

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May 19th, 2:45 PM May 19th, 4:00 PM

Session 2: Panel 2: Presenter 2 (Paper) -- The History of Bathing: a Cross-Cultural Tradition

This essay discusses how bathing practices worldwide have evolved throughout history through cultural interaction. While there is much literature on how bathing practices in specific regions have changed over time, few take a global perspective and track where bathing rituals originate and how they spread. Using bathing as a unit of analysis can reveal interactions and influences between cultures. The essay is divided into three periods in which bathing practices are analyzed: ancient, medieval, and modern. In the ancient period, the spread of Hindu and Buddhist bathing practices is discussed, as well as how Greek bathing practices went on to influence Roman bathing in Europe. The Medieval section discusses private vs public bathing in Europe and North Africa, how the spread of Buddhism to Japan affected bathing rituals, and the rise of Islamic bathing rituals, influenced by earlier Roman practices. The modern section discusses how Spanish Conquistadors impacted Central American bathing habits, the application of public bathing in modern Britain, as well as developments in health science and education.